Sometime in the past 12 months, Coldplay moved from the What's Not list to the What's Hot. The watershed was, most likely, their turn at Glastonbury on a Saturday in late June although their billing, along with that of Beyoncé, had been met with a collective groan by Glasto regulars.
U2 were expected to steal the show on the Friday night and, although Bono and co did a good job, it was Coldplay's hold over the vast crowd and Beyoncé's chutzpah that everyone was talking about afterwards.
It proved Coldplay's (overdue) renaissance. For too long, the easy appeal of the band's music and their, frankly, incredible charity work had been overlooked, sneered at, even, as a public grew tired of their anthemic pop. But, at Glastonbury, songs like 'Yellow', 'The Scientist' and 'Clocks' were reborn; as were Coldplay.
The subsequent album, the Scrabble-tastic 'Mylo Xyloto', has been a massive hit, reaching No 1 worldwide. Not that we should be surprised. All five Coldplay LPs have topped the UK charts and the last three have hit the top spot in the US too. To date, Coldplay have sold the thick end of 60 million records.
They've always been popular but never more so than following their smiting of the fading Bono Vox in the fields of Somerset. The appetite for Coldplay's live shows may not be at Take That or Stone Roses level but it's not far off. When tickets for the summer 2012 UK dates go on sale, you'll need to be quick.
The first tour dates announced begin in Coventry at the Ricoh Arena on 29th May 2012, followed by two gigs at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium on 1st and 2nd June. Then there's a show at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland (7th June) before the final date announced so far at Manchester City's Etihad stadium on 9th June 2012. It'll make a nice change for those grounds to be full.
We will have tickets for those dates when they go on sale at 9AM on Friday 18th November, priced from around £49.
In the meantime, the boys' have a series of arena dates in 2011, including the Children in Need show at the MEN Arena, plus headline gigs in Glasgow, Manchester (again) and at The O2 Arena in Greenwich. All are sold out but resale tickets are still available by following the links below.
Due to massive demand for tickets, a third date has been added at the Emirates: Monday 4th June, with a second now added at Manchester's Etihad Stadium (Sunday 10th June). Tickets are on sale now. The Friday and Saturday Emirates dates and Saturday Etihad dates have now sold out.